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Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret...

The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop.

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Norman Clyde exhibits were a great find!

After this museum turned me on to this character, I have been searching and reading about Norman Clyde, a truly monumental character. Thanks!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
San Jose, CA
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San Jose, CA
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After this museum turned me on to this character, I have been searching and reading about Norman Clyde, a truly monumental character. Thanks!!

Thank oldhippiegal
West Orange, New Jersey
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This museum has an awesome display of artifacts which help illustrate the developing history of the eastern California area especially the Sierras. I learned a great deal about the local culture and characters. Especially fabulous is the collection of local Native American baskets.

Thank adhphd
Carson City, Nevada
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163 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This museum has some of the most spectacular California native basket collections you'll find. Even if you aren't a fanatic, you'll be amazed at the art these baskets and the skill that went into them. There is also an interesting display concerning the Japanese internment camp in the area - maybe a good place to introduce young people to this... More 

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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

An excellent small museum that presents fascinating collections of diverse local history, archaeology, and geology in a direct and educational manner. In addition to the fascinating indoor displays are a delightful garden of local botanicals and an intriguing "graveyard" of old machinery that summarizes technological advances of the last century.

Thank John S
Mililani, Hawaii
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88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I loved learning about the settlers in the area, how they lived and survived. The staff there is very knowledgeable and very friendly.

Thank sandyy65
Redondo Beach
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Inside this free museum you will find great exhibitions telling the story of the eastern sierras. Visitors will learn about the geology of the area, fossils including mammoth bones, the indigenous plants and animals, the native peoples, westward settlers, the engineering of the Los Angeles aqueduct and the dark story of Manzanar. This is a great stop for people of... More 

Thank 14jasonp
Independence, California, United States
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very well done small museum. They have beautiful baskets woven by the local Paiute/Shoshone tribal members as well as their ancestors. A lot of local history is also explained and the items from days long gone are on display. There is a nice picnic area as well.

Thank Harlan R
Nokomis, Florida
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111 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We tuned in to the AM channel for Manzanar and it mentioned this museum just ahead so we drove a few more miles and found this small building with LOTS of farm and construction antiques outside. Inside we found a fabulous, detailed, and well-laid out museum. The lady we talked to, Heather, was enthusiastic, informative, and extremely knowledgeable with or... More 

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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was a very well laid out museum. The number of Indian made baskets is amazing! Beautiful. Clean restrooms. Place to picnic in the shade. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. It is well worth your time to stop. Steeped in Cal. History!

1 Thank Debra I
Truckee, California
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372 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you are into early California or western history, this is an amazing museum. Small town, big museum. Fantastic indian basket collection, great photos, lots of interesting stories of early California and the Sieras. Worth an hour stop. free

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